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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: May 19
Kelly Williamson was victorious in her home state, besting the women’s field at IRONMAN Texas in The Woodlands on Saturday. Williamson (Austin, Texas) led the field out of the water before being overtaken on the bike by Germany’s Julia Gajer. Williamson’s race-best run brought her back into first to take the tape with a time of 8:54:42. Gajer finished second in 9:00:52, and Amber Ferreira (Concord, N.H.) earned her first IRONMAN podium finish, taking third with a time of 9:11:48.
Bevan Docherty of New Zealand won for the men with the second-fastest run split of the day to finish in 8:09:37. Matthew Russell (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) made up time lost on the swim, running a 2:52:44 marathon to take second place in 8:14:53. Justin Daerr (Boulder, Colo.) took third place with a finishing time of 8:17:29, an improvement on his fourth-place finish on this course in 2013.
Two men and two women earned spots on the podium for the U.S. at Rev3 Knoxville on Sunday. Cameron Dye (Boulder, Colo.) led the men out of the water but was chased down by Tim Don of Great Britain, who finished first in a time of 2:58:08. Dye took second place with a time of 2:59:09. Kevin Collington (Orlando, Fla.) rounded out the podium in third with a time of 3:00:22.
Jillian Petersen (Clermont, Fla.) led the women onto the run with a strong bike leg before Radka Vodickova from the Czech Republic overtook her. Vodickova won with a time of 3:21:41. Petersen held off the rest of the field to take second in a time of 3:23:20, and Rebeccah Wassner (New Platz, N.Y.) came in third in 3:27:09.
XTERRA Southeast Championships
Josiah Middaugh earned the win by nearly a minute, while Emma Garrard finished as the top American for the women in the off-road event in Pelham, Ala., on Saturday.
Middaugh (Vail, Colo), who also won the XTERRA West Championship last month, was trailing after the swim and the bike but flew through the field to catch fellow American Craig Evans (Hendersonville, Tenn.) on the second lap of the 10k run. Middaugh topped the podium in 2:18:32, and Evans was second in 2:19:29. Bradley Weiss of South Africa was third in 2:20:50.
Garrard (Park City, Utah) had the second-fastest bike split and the fastest run split in the women’s field, finishing second behind Bermuda’s Flora Duffy. Duffy picked up her third win in the last month with a time of 2:32:04, and Garrard came in behind her in 2:36:05. Suzie Snyder (Fredricksburg, Va.) was third to round out the podium in 2:39:31.